2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Fortieth Annual Meeting – IGUASSU FALLS 2014
The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association held its fortieth meeting in Iguassu Falls, Brazil, from 9 to 14 May 2014, in conjunction with the World Tunnel Congress 2014 «Tunnels for a better life» organized by ITA and the Brazilian Tunnelling Committee. More than1500 persons participated in the Congress. 52 of the 71 Member Nations participated or were represented in the General Assembly.
MEMBER NATIONS PRESENT OR REPRESENTED
South Africa, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Republic of Korea, Costa-Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, United States of America, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine.
MEMBER NATIONS NOT PRESENT
Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Macedonia (FYROM), Malaysia, Morocco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Panama, Singapore, Slovakia, Venezuela, Vietnam.
The ITA General Assembly has elected a new member of the council: Mrs Anna Sieminska-Lewandowska from Poland.
Søren Degn Eskesen, Denmark In-Mo Lee, Korea Rick P. Lovat, Canada Tarcisio Celestino, Brazil Amanda Elioff, USA Daniele Peila, Italy Alexandre Gomes, Chile Ruth Gunlaug Haug, Norway Nikolaos Kazilis, Greece Eric Leca, France Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan, China Anna Sieminska Lewandowska (until 2017) Davorin Kolic, Croatia (until 2015) Felix Amberg, Switzerland
MEMBERSHIP & DECISIONS
The Association has registered the membership of 12 new Affiliate Members (11 Corporate Members and 1 Individual Members); the total results to 71 Member Nations and 285 Affiliate Members (192 Corporate Members and 93 Individual Members) taking into account some resignations. One company joined as Prime Sponsors (Total: 15) and 8 became Supporters (total: 52). The General Assembly voted the creation of a Young Member Group as well as new Membership fees for members.
NEXT ANNUAL MEETINGS
- Dubrovnik, Croatia, from May 22 to 28, 2015, during the ITA-AITES WTC 2015 “Promoting Tunnelling in South East European Region”
- San Francisco, USA, from April 22 to 28, 2016, during the ITA-AITES WTC 2016 “Uniting our Industry”
- Bergen, Norway, from June 9 to 16, 2017, during the ITA-AITES WTC 2017 “Surface problems – Underground solutions»
SUMMARY OF REPORT OF ACTIVITY OF ITA – April 2013 to March 2014
The Executive Council held 4 plenary meetings and carried out its traditional activities in taking into account the conclusions the conclusions of the Auditor’s report, notably to increase the number of Member Nations and to take care of the relationship with the new Member Nations.
To take into account some specific topics the ITA Executive Council installed task forces. Five task forces have been activated this year on the following topics:
- New Strategy
- Working groups and Committees
- Industry relations
- ITA Young Members
- Open Session 2014
A task force worked during the year to clarify the mission, the goals and actions.
A new vision statement has been defined for the Association :
« ITA, the leading international organization promoting the use of tunnels and underground space through knowledge sharing and application of technology »
Seven strategic goals have been defined :
· Goal #1: Consolidate/Activate Member Nations – particularly newly joined Member Nations
· Goal #2: Improve Communication and Functioning of Working Groups and Committees
· Goal #3: Expand Industry Relations
· Goal #4: Encourage knowledge sharing through education and training
· Goal #5: Create and develop an ITA Young Members Group
· Goal #6: Promote the use of underground space
· Goal #7: Improve communication towards Member Nations, industry and public
In 2013, the General Assembly asked the team to review the ITA’s compliance against the Code of Ethics & Conduct for NGOs an initiative of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. The team was able to confirm that the ITA as managed by the ExCo generally complies with the Code of Ethics & Conduct for NGOs.
RELATIONS WITH THE MEMBER NATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTACTS
The Executive Council pursued the development of its relations with the Member Nations in visiting, participating and granting meetings or events organised by 29 Member Nations. It presented ITA at various congresses and meetings in several countries not ITA members yet.
The contacts with the International Sister Associations PIARC, ISRM, ISSMGE, ITIG, IFME, ISOCARP, ACUUS ICLEI and IRF were pursued.
WORKING GROUPS AND COMMITTEES
The 13 active Working Group met regularly during WTC and for some of them in between during the year. The production of guidelines and recommendations is increasing and shows the very work done by all participants- more information is available on the dedicated web pages.
The ITA 4 Committees ITA COSUF, ITA-CET, ITACUS and ITAtech are very active. 3 guidelines have been published this year. More information is available on the page of each committee.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRIME SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
A task force was implemented to better take into account relationship between ITA and the industry at large but mainly the companies Affiliate, Supporters and Prime Sponsor.
A special leaflet summarizing the roles and benefits has been prepared. The table available on the membership web page shows the different benefits for each category.
RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
In 2013, the relationships with the United Nations and specifically with UN-ISDR and UN Habitat have been strengthened with the participation of ITA members in the Urban Planning Group of UN. ITA is now partner of the resilient cities campaign. ITA also participated in the UN Habitat Expert Group on urban drainage and ITACUS organized side event and training during the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin (Colombia).
PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATION
- ita@news: 5 issues of the ita@news have been published this year and distributed to about 8’000 subscribers. ITA would like very much to have feedback of regular readers.
- Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (TUST): ITA Members have access an electronic version of TUST (including archives).
- Website: The website which exists since 1998 has been renewed. The new version was online at the occasion of the WTC2013 in Geneva. This new version is more user-friendly and can be seen from computers as well from tablets or smartphones.The number of distinct visitors has been around 4 700 from 130 countries per month during last year.
- ITA – Reports: 4 reports have been published, 2 coming from ITA Working Groups and 2 coming from ITAtech Activity Groups: “Construction of Adits for Long and Deep Tunnels” (WG17), “Guideline on Contractual Aspects of Conventional Tunnelling” (WG19), “Guidelines on Standard Indication of Load Cases for Calculation of Rating Life (l10) of TBM Main Bearings” (AG on Excavation) and “Design Guidance for Spray Applied Waterproofing Membranes” (AG on Lining & Waterproofing).
- Press: In 2012-2013, ITA has participated directly or indirectly to articles published in technical newspapers or magazines of information such as World Tunnelling (UK), Tunnelling Journal (UK), and Tunnel Talk (USA). ITA is now working with a press agency and the press kit is regularly updated.
- Video: ITA produced a video on the DemInar organized by ITAtech in June 2013 on “Sprayable Waterproofing membranes” It is available on the ITA YouTube channel.
- Social networks: the ITA group in the social network LinkedIn is very active. There are nearly 2 600 members in this group.